RFP RIP

It seemed timely to dig out a post that I originally wrote eight years ago – since nothing has really changed. I’m talking about the outdated and ridiculous process of the Request For Proposal (RFP). (Heads up: sarcasm alert) I know. Charities need to make sure they are spending their hard raised donations in a fiscally…

Moving from Fairness to Openness

Note: This post was written for our friends at SOFII.org, who asked us to add our voices to their It’s Just Not Fair post. We’d love to hear what you think! By: Beth Ann Locke and Jen Love What a great discussion to champion! Thank you, SOFII! These most certainly are conversations we have amongst ourselves…

On The Importance of Being Earnest

Google says the definition of earnest is resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction. Not a bad definition for Ask Direct’s Fundraising Summer School last week, held in Oscar Wilde’s beautiful Dublin. My personal highlight reel of #ADFSS16 can be nutshelled with “earnest”. First, our curator. The one and only Damian. Summer School was…

The Love Revolution

I’m back from five days in Dublin. And my head is filled with some thoughtfulness and wisdom from the best brains our sector offers. Beate Sorum, Rory Green, Tom Ahern, Ken Burnett, Jen Love, Simone Joyaux, Damian O’Broin, Mark Phillips, Simon Scriver… One idea that is sticking is the concept of a sector-wide revolution. A…